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two tall clear glasses of Sparkling Citrus Mocktail with a pitcher and citrus fruit in the background

Sparkling Citrus Mocktail for a Brunch Crowd

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Taryn Solie


For mocktail:

  • 32 ounces unsweetened sparkling lime-flavored water
  • 8 ounces grapefruit juice fresh squeezed is preferred, about 2 medium grapefruits
  • 4 ounces lemon simple syrup
  • 8 raspberries for garnish
  • 1 to 2 cups of ice cubes optional

For lemon simple syrup:

  • 3 to 4 lemons enough for ½ cup of juice
  • ½ cup sugar


Items Needed:

  • Microplane or zester
  • Small bowl or container
  • Measuring cup
  • Medium saucepan
  • Citrus juicer
  • Whisk or wooden spoon
  • Medium bowl
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Jar or other container with a lid
  • Pitcher


    To make the syrup:

    • Zest the peel of one of the lemons, being sure to only zest the yellow part, not the pith. The pith is the white part under the peel and can make the syrup bitter. Set the zest aside in a small bowl or container.
    • Juice the lemons into the measuring cup, until you have half a cup of juice. This could take 3 or 4 lemons, depending on how juicy your lemons are.
    • Put the lemon juice into a medium saucepan and place it over medium-high heat. Pour the sugar into the juice and stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until fully combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let the mixture simmer until slightly thickened. This will take at least 10 minutes, possibly up to 15. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally so it thickens evenly.
    • After the mixture has thickened, stir in the lemon zest then transfer to a bowl to let cool for roughly 20 minutes.
    • Once cooled, place a fine mesh strainer over a jar (or other container you’re using to store it) and pour the syrup in. Place the lid on the jar and store the syrup in the fridge. The syrup can keep in the fridge for at least one month.

    To make the mocktail:

    • Juice the grapefruit over the measuring cup until you have 8 ounces of juice. Pour the juice into the pitcher.
    • Pour the unsweetened sparkling lime-flavored water into the pitcher.
    • Pour 4 ounces of lemon simple syrup into the pitcher, stirring to combine all the liquids.
    • If drink will be placed out of the fridge, place ice cubes into the mixture to keep it cool, using only a cup or two so as not to dilute the drink too much.
    • Upon serving, pour the mixture into each glass and place a raspberry in each drink as a garnish.


    -Unless you're seriously adverse to doing things in the kitchen, juice your own grapefruit. It will cost less than buying a jug of it, be less sugary, and taste better.
    - Make this drink just before being served, as the sparkling water will go flat after sitting out for too long.
    - This mocktail can be made into a cocktail by adding an ounce or two of champagne, prosecco, or cava to each glass.